I know this recap is coming two days late, but Friday night I was at a political rally where I had a fantastic time and nearly passed out, and last night Netflix decided to go crazy and crap out on everyone. But, hey: that’s how life is sometimes. And that’s why I was up at four this morning to get this done.
Anyway, we are now two-thirds of the way through Season 1, and things are about to get crazy as hell for our sensates. With that said, let’s see what awaits them:
We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts
Written by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Dan Glass
Dawn, and Nomi (Jamie Clayton) and Amanita (Freema Agyeman) sit on one of the peaks overlooking the city. After the killing they witnessed hours earlier, Nomi is trying to figure out what’s going on, and she’s having a difficult time processing that something bad is happening to them. Only what is it?
Kala (Tina Desai) is at a movie with her parents, and while the audience is laughing and having a good time, she’s just sitting there looking even more miserable that before. She’s on the verge of tears and does begin crying—
Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) is at Felix’s (Max Mauff) bedside in a hospital. The shotgun attack didn’t kill him, but he’s on a ventilator and hooked up to all those machines that go beep. Wolfgang isn’t crying, but he’s obviously sadder than hell.
Kala can’t take it and tells her mother she’s going to the ladies room. She continues crying there and Wolfgang is seen sitting by the entrance. She sees him in the mirror—
—And finds herself standing on the other side of Felix’s bed asking what happened. Wolfgang blames himself for the attack, as he wanted to break the safe with the diamonds to prove a point. He also wanted to change something that can’t be changed: the past.
Incoming call from Daniela Velázquez in the middle of the night, which means it’s that asshole Joaquin again—only when Lito (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) picks up the phone, it really is Daniela (Eréndira Ibarra) on the other end. She tells Lito she fixed everything and that she has her phone back before she hangs up. Hernando (Alfonso Herrera) hears what happened and doesn’t look happy. Lito’s like, “Good news, yeah?” Even he doesn’t seem to believe that bullshit.
Capheus (Aml Ameen) heads up to Jela’s (Paul Ogola) place with some adult beverages. The kids are in the yard and the parents are fighting, so already it’s an awkward scene. Jela’s wife comes to the door, tells Capheus to get fucked, and tells her husband that motherfucker is here. Which one—oh, this motherfucker. I thought you meant the other motherfucker. Anyway, Jela has a problem: he’s not working, and he’s driving his wife nuts. He needs to do something. Capheus thinks it’s time to get back to work: he can’t keep being Silas’ (Peter King Nzioki) driver. This makes Jela and Mrs. Jela oh so happy.
Sun’s (Doona Bae) is having trouble with her sewing machine and Soo-Jin helps her. Sun ask Soo-Jin if she gets outside much, and she says she doesn’t but she doesn’t mind. Sun remarks that it’s a beautiful day, and Soo-Jin says they let her paint when she’s outside. Just then the warning comes up: the nasty bitch who always takes Soo-Jin’s clothes is heading to the front. Sun wants to know why she picks on Soo-Jin, and she says it’s because she’s fast. She tried working slow once and it—didn’t work out well. Sun rolls her eyes and ankle hooks the bitch, dropping her ass to the floor in a heap. The guard woman tells her to get up and to get back to work on her shit. The woman gives Sun a death stare: Sun gives zero fucks. She tells Soo-Jin that her father taught her business, and what she did is known as a “second mover advantage.” Today, the bitch in the back sews: Soo-Jin goes outside.
Wolfgang and Kala are still speaking at Felix’s bedside. Wolfgang tells how he met Felix in detention during school. He wants to know where she’s at and she says the movies. He likes that: Felix loved movies, and they used to cut classes to watch movies—Felix considered Conan the Barbarian to be a masterpiece.
Sun’s in the yarn and Soo-Jin is painting on the wall. She’s done a mural of her three sisters. She misses then. She wants to know if Sun misses her family? Well…
Wolfgang is still telling Kala about Felix. He says he doesn’t know why he liked him, and we find out that Wolfgang was originally from East Berlin, so he instantly became the sort of kid everyone hated, because a lot of West Germans didn’t like how bringing East Germans into their country put a strain on everything. In a flashback Wolfgang is set upon by a group of five kids; Wolfgang sends Felix away before the five get Wolfie down and start putting the boots to him, and that’s when Felix comes running back with a big pipe and start beating the fuck out of people, which causes them to retreat as Felix quotes Conan. He also tells her about his father, who was a brutal asshole who would get drunk and smack the shit out his kid. Except there was that one time when Felix smashes a bottle over Daddy Asshole’s head and quotes Conan again. Kala finds this all a bit amusing and actually smiles. Wolfgang says he’s his brother by something stronger than blood: choice.
Soo-Jin has helped Sun paint a picture of her being carried on her mother’s back, which makes Sun rather happy—until the bitch from sewing shows up and dumps a can of paint on it. She and he goons start moving in on Sun, who doesn’t look worried but is rather sizing up the situation. She tells the woman, in a round-about way, that she’s stupid, which doesn’t go over well. Of course she takes a swing and misses, because she does not know who she’s fucking with. She gets the woman in an arm lock and then tells her goons the one thing that everyone in this situation should not ignore, but do:
RT: I loved this scene! Sun is in such a horrible position with what her family has done to her, yet she never considers defeat. She just keeps plodding along, taking down bitches when required and getting on with what ever shit situation she has been placed in.
CF: I love it when someone who has shown through a few moves that they know how to fight says they don’t want to hurt anyone, and the anyones just gotta prove it. She’s been on the outside of her family for so long that she’s now finding a real family, and I am under no illusions she would have done for her father or brother what she did for Soo-Jin. And it’s allowing her to grow as a person, like it or not.
Will (Brian J. Smith) has his morning coffee, he’s got his keys, he’s in uniform—it’s as great day to work. Then up pops Riley (Tuppence Middleton) and Will slows down to talk. He was worried about her, but she says she’s okay. He wants to know if she’s still in London, and she tells him, no, she’s home—
—and as she sits Will joins her on her sofa in Iceland. She shows him her dad’s piano and says that he got famous outside Iceland before coming back. Will sees the picture of her mother and thinks she’s beautiful. Riley says she was. Her dad (Kristján Kristjánsson) asks her if she said something, and she says she was talking to herself. He made her coffee before he has to head off to rehearsal, and Will discovers she takes her coffee the same way as him. He asks why she stayed away from Iceland for so long and she shuts up, so he stops prying.
RT: I really loved this episode in that it kept reminding you the complicated hive that is the sensates. After the last few episodes, you forget that scenes like this are completely one-sided to outsiders. It’s nice to see their conversations from the outside looking in, it also makes my head hurt a little when I think about scenes like where Sun kicked arse for Capheus and there is probably some physics rule proving she shouldn’t have been seen (and yet I know those guys were seeing Capheus and not Sun, so surely the science works?)
CF: We know from reference shots that it was Capheus who was there fighting, but he was using Sun’s skills. And this becomes more evident in the big scene near the end of this recap. Seeing the Sensate with the skill actually doing things is for the audience–though there is one thing that had to be done with another Sensate, and I’ll point it out in a bit—Seoul:
Sun is in solitary because of the fight. The leader from her room is allowed in to bring food, and she tells Sun they know what she did for Soo-Jin. When Sun unwraps her chopsticks she finds a paint brush, which nearly brings a tear to her eyes. This is the first act of kindness she’s seen in a long time.
Riley is checking out Will’s place, and she’s diggin’ it, particularly the vinyl he has—DJ, remember? He says she should come to Chicago and check out the music scene, and he can show her around before she even gets there—
Will’s back in her house looking out the window, and he wants to see he volcano that has a name no one can pronounce—
There’s a screeching sound and Riley turns to see her first El train. She is freaking but in a good way. And while standing at the window their hands touch and they start looking and holding hands and then turn slowly to each other and move closer with eyes half-closed to kiss—
The wedding planers are back, and they’re telling everyone that then next date is gonna be better than before, so all his must have been planed by the gods, which does not sit well with Rajan’s dad. Kala wants to go to the Temple of Ganesha for the wedding, and this is giving her double plus ungood stares from father-in-law to be.
Capheus is snoozing on the sofa while his mother cooks. She’s looking and feeling better. She’s fixing him something because he’s thin, which is something most mothers seem to think about their sons. He’s happy to see her cooking, but he’s also troubled, which his mother sees immediately. He tells her that where he’s getting her medicine he can’t get any more. She says he should eat. And that’s when the Superpower Gang comes in. The leader tells Capheus that his sister was murdered by Silas and now he wants something—
It’s night time and Lito and Hernando are waiting in a public place for Daniela and Joaquin to show. Lito is a nervous wreck and Hernando is just playing the straight man—no pun intended—to his free flowing train of thought. A sports car arrives and Daniela gets out. She’s wearing dark sunglasses in the middle of the night, and we know what that means. She’s telling the guys she’s “fine, super, never felt better.” Hernando gets her glasses off and there’s an enormous bruise around her left eye.
RT: I just wanted to smack heads together in this scene 🙁 They need to get Daniela the fuck out of that situation and screw the goddamned consequences!
CF: Hernando wanted to go full commando right then and there: you could see it in his eyes. But he wanted Lito to make his move, and we know how this turned out.Nairobi:
Capheus is between a rock and a bunch of crazy assholes with guns. The Superpower Gang wants Amondi, but his mother says there is no way he can give them the child, and you know she’s right. He knows they’ll come back if he doesn’t do this, but his mother isn’t afraid. Capheus says even in this moment, he feels lucky.
Riley visits a family friend, Sven, who naturally calls her Baby O’Riley, because she is. He brings out some adult beverage as she asks about his boat and they toast to her return. He tells her it’s good to have her back and he add that his home is hers because she was born there. Sven even has an old phone, one of the two last rotary phones in Iceland. She tells him she doesn’t drive any longer; he’s like, just come over any time, you got a ride.
Will and Diego are looking at video footage, and Will points out that he doesn’t know how he knows, but the woman in the footage is Nomi Marks, who now has a federal BOLO (Be On the Look Out) sent out to all police departments due to the murder of Dr. Metzger. And this BOLO may or may not have a huge goof in it—
Nomi’s reading this off her laptop from the info she took from Metzger. The company studies the human genome looking for mutations, which may mean they’re probably also looking for a big manson in Salem Center, NY. BPO is connected to a lot of players: DAAPA, WHO, WSF. They have deep fucking pockets, people. Will pops in and wants to know how she’s getting this info, and Nomi recognizes him as the guy who helped her escape the hospital. Amanita is like what guy?, and Nomi’s like, oh, the one right there you can’t see who’s also a cop. He sees that a lot of the stuff she has is illegal—
—She reminds him that using his father’s old clearance codes to access federal information is illegal as fuck, too. Will is having this conversation while Diego sees him speaking to thin air—
—Which is what Amanita sees as well. And she thinks it’s cool. Will in Chicago tells her they can know and feel other things, too, but Nomi reminds him that she can’t hear him—
Diego can’t see or hear Nomi, either, and he’s starting to freak. Will just says he’s talking to himself.
Will knows Nomi was at the shooting of Metzger last night. He thinks that means they, the cluster, are getting close to something. Nomi gets worried: if they now have no problem killing their own people, they’ll have no problem killing us. He wants to know if anything was found on Metzger’s hard drive and Nomi pulls stuff up like his financial records and his medical visits all around the world where he lobotomizes people. Amanita has the information on when he was a medical student at the University of Chicago, and as she turns the laptop around the door bell rings. Will sees the picture, as does Nomi—and she recognizes one of the guys as it was his reflection she saw when Bolger killed himself, and it was that guy—
The same son of a bitch standing at their door.Will recognizes the voice as Whispers speaks with Amanita’s mother and he gets scared, Nomi is feeling it, too, and Amanita makes three. Will tells Nomi not to look at him because Jonas says that’s how he hunts, and tells her to leave. And she does.
Amanita tells Nomi to go out the window and over the balcony so she can get to an alley, and she’ll stay behind to buy her time. Nomi books as Amanita heads into the bathroom and begins soaking a tampon in cough medicine while a Fed beats on the door. He finally breaks in and finds Amanita on the toilet changing her tampon——and she spins it up and launches it at the Fed, who is bright enough to know that no matter how much a bad ass you are in the world, you will run from a woman threatening to hit you with a bloody tampon.
RT: Ahh, the mighty power of the blood stick…
CF: All guys run from The Crimson Tide…
Nomi makes it to the alley but there are two officers waiting for her. She begs for someone to help—
—Sun wakes up in prison and shows to tell Nomi to stay calm. Nomi’s never seen her: neither has Will, who finally shows up.
Will knows procedure: he says one guy is calling for backup, another is reaching for Nomi’s right wrist, and when he says now, it’s the best time—NOW!
Together the three take out the two cops, and as Will heads for his captain’s office he tells Nomi to toss the cop’s gun and get on a bike and leave. She gets out to the street, and the police and Feds are in hot pursuit.
She pulls up to a service station and jacks a Smart car, but there’s a problem: Nomi doesn’t know how to drive. But Capheus does, and he takes the wheel.
The are chased once again, and the cops block the road, but Capheus pulls some crazy amazing shit and manages to flip the car out of the way, barrel rolling it past the road block, and getting them the fuck out of there.RT: I really think this is one of the reasons that makes Sense8 so fantastic. These scenes where they all work together and get shit done always feels just like all the threads laid in previous episodes are being pulled together into one giant, beautiful quilt. You can visualise what is going to happen, who will help who, but until that quilt is revealed, you never quite realise how stunning it truly is.
CF: This was, I think one of the best sequences in the whole series. Three people came together to save Nomi, and each brought their know skills to bear where needed. I loved also how, when Sun was kicking ass, Nomi was standing back watching as if she’s an observer in her own body. And in a way she is, because she’s letting someone else take control.
And in this scene you never saw Nomi behind the wheel of the Smart car while it was in motion. That’s because Jamie Clayton doesn’t drive. She’s a straight-up big city girl and has never learned to drive a vehicle. Bikes on the other hand…
Will is getting is ass reamed over the shit he’s been doing, and he’s suspended with out pay. Badge and piece and get the fuck out!
Lito is filming a scene from his current movie, and it’s where he gives the line that is the title shout out, “In the end we will all be judged by the courage of our hearts.” The director calls cut: once more he loves it. Oh, and your bodyguard is here, and Hernando looks upset.
Kala is at the temple when Rajan’s father approaches. Seems he wants to reconsider… things. What things? He doesn’t say right away, but he does find the time to ridicule Kala’s faith.
Lito and Hernando talk, and Hernando is still shaken by what happened with Daniela. He hates that Lito let her go, and though he loves him, he can’t be with someone who will allow another person to be hurt to save her career. Hernando knows he has to do this, and he repeats the title back to his love: “In the end end we will all be judged by the courage of our hearts.” He walks away, leaving a heartbroken Lito. Mumbai:
What Rajan’s father wants is simple: he wants Kala to call his son and say she can’t marry him. She appears shock that he would say this, but the father knows she doesn’t want to marry him. He says he shouldn’t have given his blessing as a group of masked individual show at the top of the stairs where they are speaking, and who run down and began stabbing the shit out of him. Kala watches in horror before calling out for help…
RT: This was the biggest WTF moment for me.
CF: I was in shock seeing this, and it’s why I posted on FB, “This show just keeps getting better.” With everything happening in this episode I never saw this coming.
Personal Note: This is the first, and so far only, project Dan Glass—the visual effects supervisor for Sense8 and the visual effects supervisor for several of The Wachowskis projects—has directed, and he did a fantastic job showing the cluster member’s personal sides and their personal interactions with each other. Mostly, the way he handled Nomi’s escape really showed for the first time how all the cluster members can come together and assist with their various talents. Having Will tell Nomi when to act followed by Sun helping her fight her way out was fantastic, and to have Capheus drive her out of danger had me nearly jumping out of my chair. It was so, so well executed.
Most of all I have to love the appearance of Terrence Mann as Whispers. He’s mostly been an unseen presence up to now, but when he showed up at Amanita’s house, the look he gave her mother was one of pure, simple evil, and that was the main reason I needed that as the cover photo for this particular recap, because that one look alone sets the tone for his character as a malevolent entity that won’t stop at anything to bring this cluster down.. Whatever his reasons, his motivations, his logic for going after the cluster, none of that shit matters: this bastard is evil to the core. And I hope when the time comes he dies hard and slow.
I remember saying at the end of this episode that I didn’t believe the show could continue to keep getting better, but that’s exactly what’s happening now. But we are into the last few episodes, and this is where things are gonna get… dark. As always, leave a comment below and tell us what you think!
Tuppence Middleton — Riley Blue (née Gunnarsdóttir), Reykjavik
Brian J. Smith — Will Gorski, Chicago
Doona Bae — Sun Bak, Seoul
Aml Ameen — Capheus, Nairobi
Max Riemelt — Wolfgang Bogdanow, Berlin
Tina Desai — Kala Dandekar, Mumbai
Miguel Ángel Silvestre — Lito Rodriguez, Mexico DF
Jamie Clayton — Nomi Marks, San Francisco
Freema Agyeman — Amanita, Nomi’s girlfriend
Alfonso Herrera — Hernando
Eréndira Ibarra — Daniela
Terrence Mann — “Whispers”
Max Mauff — Felix
Ness Bautista — Diego
Paul Ogola — Jela
Kristján Kristjánsson — Gunnar
Peter King Nzioki — Silas